In the past, our porous borders were blamed for the large number of undocumented immigrants in our country. However, due to increased border security and the poor economy, annual apprehensions of people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally have decreased to about 350,000 from more than 1.6 million in 2000. Our border patrol has doubled in size since 2005 and quintupled in size since 1993. Some politicians have suggested doubling again the number of border patrol agents from our current number of 18,500. The cost of this increase is estimated to be about $30 billion over 10 years including salaries, equipment, vehicles and infrastructure improvements. Critics say such an increase is unnecessary considering the recent decrease in unlawful immigration. Currently, we have completed nearly 700 miles of fencing along our northern and southern borders. To secure these borders, the Department of Homeland Security uses unattended ground sensors, truck-mounted and remote video surveillance systems, drones and fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft in an attempt to stem illegal immigration.
H.R.72: Border Security, Cooperation, and Act Now Drug War Prevention Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current border security policy and wish to defeat H.R.72
I support providing up to 500 additional Border Patrol agents and law enforcement personnel to patrol and defend the border, combat drug trafficking, and combat smuggling of firearms, explosives, alcohol, and tobacco if the state’s governor declares an international border security emergency and requests such agents. Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the number of U.S. Border Patrol helicopters and power boats; establish a fleet of motor vehicles appropriate for use by the Border Patrol; equip such motor vehicles with portable computers with access to law enforcement databases; augment existing radio communication systems in areas in which the Border Patrol operates; and provide Border Patrol agents with global positioning system devices, night vision equipment, high-quality body armor, reliable and effective weapons, and uniforms, and wish to pass H.R.72